Don't fold what you don't have to...
My mom would probably have a fit (she insisted on folding my cleaning rags when she visited last time and I fought with her trying to get her to stop - ha!) if she heard me saying this, but you DO NOT need to fold everything, especially the tedious stuff!
Still folding any of these? Try designating a bin for them (in the case of clothing, one per person)
- Rags / cleaning cloths
- Burp cloths, changing pad covers, crib sheets, etc.
- Socks (I don't even match them anymore!)
While you're doing laundry, clean out each time! Permanently stained? GONE! Ripped and beyond repair? Bye! Just plain ugly (not that you buy ugly clothes, but I sure do sometimes, haha!!)? See ya! Recycle, donate or trash these. Even if you're not intending on cleaning out your closet, it's a great way to keep everything tidy with little effort and maximum efficiency! It's great to be able to give things you no longer want or use a second life if you can.
My favorite stain remover...
What's the best stain remover for kid's clothes? Good, old SUNLIGHT!
Yes, even the "oh crap, I forgot to check this before it went into the dryer and now it's probably permanently stained" clothes. Even adult clothes too, of course!
After doing this for a while now, my kid's clothes look better than if I used an actual stain remover!
2️⃣ Separate (before or after the dryer)
Anything washable that winds up stained, within about a day, maybe two if absolutely necessary, the stains are completely gone. Sunny Arizona is a nice perk with messy babes.
The big question is... does it fade the actual clothes too? No, nothing my kids wear on a regular basis that have had the sun treatment have faded - cotton, denim, etc.
With kids heading back to school, and activities and playdates resuming, keep this tip in the back of your mind and try it on your next muddy mess!
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